Article Archive

Finding the Foreign Agents

In monitoring the activities of foreign organizations, the DOJ often gives powerful political lobbies a pass.

January 30, 2015

What Makes a Whistleblower?

Edward Snowden’s actions brought him accusations of treason, and a life of exile.

January 14, 2015

Why Spies and Analysts Shouldn’t Mingle

Working closely together encourages tunnel vision and groupthink.

January 1, 2015

What the Torture Report Is Missing

The Senate’s investigation may only be the tip of the iceberg.

December 15, 2014

Don’t Risk War With Russia

Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.

December 9, 2014

The High Cost of Empire Maintenance

Every year, congressional delegations and government officials rack up millions of dollars worth of publicly funded distractions abroad.

November 25, 2014

The CIA Won the Midterms

Incoming intel committee chair Richard Burr will end any hope of holding out of control spy agencies accountable.

November 13, 2014

How to Stop Ebola at the Border

Revoking visas from affected countries can protect the U.S. without isolating nations in need.

October 30, 2014

John McCain’s Terrorists

Telling friends from enemies in Iraq and Syria is largely a matter of guesswork.

October 23, 2014

The War on iPhone Privacy

The government has cried wolf too many times to be trusted with backdoors into our cell phones.

October 14, 2014

The CIA Spy Ban Is for Show

Keeping tabs on Turkey alone is justification enough for Langley to relax its new rules on targeting Europe.

October 2, 2014

Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy Change

A new administration only gave interventionism a confused, humanitarian face-lift.

September 18, 2014

Does the CIA Believe Obama?

Intelligence pros are far more skeptical of government claims than their bosses let on.

September 5, 2014

Israel’s Information Ops

When Tel Aviv goes to war, universities and activists are organized to beat back the bad news.

August 20, 2014

Erdogan Tightens His Grip on Turkey

Authoritarian corruption and a criminal foreign policy stand for election in Ankara.

August 5, 2014

How ISIS Evades the CIA

America’s high-tech spies aren’t equipped to penetrate low-tech terrorist organizations.

July 23, 2014

A Witness-Protection Program for Terrorists?

What happens to agents and informants when they can’t go home

July 17, 2014

Outraged by Espionage

Bob Menendez and Angela Merkel get rude reminders of how the spy world works.

July 11, 2014

How to Understand the ISIS Threat

Talk show rhetoric doesn’t equal good intelligence on the domestic danger posed by Iraq’s terrorists.

July 1, 2014

Government’s Closed-Source Intelligence

Overclassification fetishizes reports stamped “secret,” and covers up official malfeasance.

June 18, 2014